- Snowfall ink
- Glyphs & glyph making items
I have the benefit of knowing what and why I wanted snowfall ink: I blogged specifically about it here and here. I was buying snowfall inks @ 2.5g each. With general northrend inflation being about 300%, that should put snowfall ink about 10g each. However the current mean price is 40g, so the inflation on this was over 1000%.
Runecloth, I also stockpiled. I don't have it written down, but my recollection was that I was buying runecloth for peanuts - I think about 5-10 silver each (marginally more than vendor). It is now listed for about 1.1g each (though Alliance Caelstras is closer to 25 silver). Again, about 1000% inflation. There were players pushing for 'the insane' title, and grinding out huge quantities of runecloth from re-running dire maul dungeons.
I was pleased with my investments - mostly. The runecloth sold well, but took too a little too much space for the return. However they were still a sound investment if you had empty bag spots.
Snowfall ink's were my best investment - the one I wish I put more away for, and wish I held onto those supplies for longer.
What was special about snowfall ink? It was a byproduct of making glyphs - which were very much still in demand. It was considered trash - useless and oversupplied. But it was still needed for levelling - and especially needed for northrend research.
Based on my last post, I will be creating stockpiles to bring out in 6 months. I will try not even to look at them in the meantime. Spare guild banks, unused alts banks will be filled.
The basis for my long term stockpiles for MoP: What is oversupplied as a byproduct of our current crafting processes? Zephyrite, Ocean Sapphire, Volatile Earth, Hypnotic dust, and to a lesser degree, Inferno ink come to mind. Those Cataclysm mats that, as a crafter, you would rather just not see and are vendoring.
These will still be needed later; and a power levelling JC doesn't care if they craft Zephyrite or Carnelians - their guild will tell them to use the cheapest available. Also recipee collectors will still be doing Cataclysm dailies.
I assume Volatile earth will likewise be used for levelling, it is selling for peanuts, and stacks very nicely.
There are no safe bets. There are however informed ones.
This is part of a series of posts.